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Do you sometimes wish your speech would contain little 🐯s and 😘s to better convey your tone? Can your fingers navigate to that certain 🌵🥞🎪 before your brain even knows the word it represents? Do you cringe a little to know the groupchat’s Top 8 are 😂💃🍔🦄👯🎉🍩 and 😍?

You may be fluent in emoji.

And if that’s the case, then you definitely have an opinion on which one deserves a little recognition, dammit. And thus we present our picks for the most underrated emoji.

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Sydney Mineer

The most underrated emoji is definitely 🌚. This moon is sassy. He knows what’s up. But also, maybe he doesn’t! Maybe he’s got something to say, but he’s bashful. The dark moon is a MOOD.  He’s about that gossip: What did she do now 🌚? He’s about that crush life: Do you want to grab drinks 🌚? He’s shy, but sincere: I miss you 🌚.

He wants you to say what’s on your mind, and he can be a defense mechanism for you. He wants you to be vulnerable! But he encourages you to be a little cheeky!

He’s you. He’s me. He IS, the side-eye moon.

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Erin Vail

My pick for underrated emoji is 🤯, aka “mind blown emoji.” This emoji works because it can be used literallylet’s say a friend tells you some really good news! It can also be used sarcastically/ironically if you’re reacting to something you already know about. And it can be used excessivelyit’s almost funnier if you use multiple mind blown emojis to be extra dramatic. In short, 🤯 > “OMG!!!!!!”

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Ryan Fay

This caterpillar 🐛 is my go to for when I need to respond to something but don’t know what to say. Friend tells you that they just started dating someone you know is bad for them? 🐛 Boss says they don’t like pineapple on pizza, but you don’t want to get fired? 🐛 Can’t come up with a third example? 🐛

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Zach Straus

I’ve always trended toward the deep cuts in the emoji catalogue. Not the flags, of course, but the semantic, button-ish nonsense that probably shouldn’t exist, and yet, still does. Emojis like mishmash symbol thing 🔣 and green butthole ✳️. Of course, there’s 🔞, a near perfect expression of my daily feelings toward young people, but I don’t think anything holds a candle to 💱. Why? Because 💱 is an emoji you only need if you’re the type of baller who so regularly converts yen and dollars that you simply cannot be troubled to write out the process. That’s the kind of emoji life I want to live.

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Jillian Conochan

Maybe you’re partial to one finger emojis, like this one ☝🏽 saying “that’s what’s up” or this one 🖕🏽 (self-explanatory).

Maybe you like the utility of the double, to sign off in peace, victory, or for ✌🏽 air quotes ✌🏽.

Perhaps you’re more of an 👌🏽 fella… far less irritating than a K. text.

Depending on the circumstances, the variety of full-fist options can fire off a pound, a punch, or solidarity with Tommie Smith and John Carlos

(🤜🏽🤛🏽,👊🏽,✊🏽, respectively)

Yeah rock’n’roll hands 🤘🏽 and the shaka 🤙🏽 are cool and all, but you know what’s really good?


Best application is to punctuate the end of a conversation, especially if someone was giving instructions of some sort. I like how it gives off a 10-4, over and out vibe, but with a curious twist. Stay weird, 🖖🏽

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Kelaine Conochan

I’m not an exclamation point person. I resent using them generally, and especially in text message. Besides, when you actually feel triumphant, awesome, and free, those words don’t quite live up to the moment. That’s why you have to use your BFF emoji: 🏄🏼‍♀️

This 🏄🏼‍♀️ can’t be stopped. 🏄🏼‍♀️ is just cruising through life, feeling great, and living for the moment. 🏄🏼‍♀️ knows how to roll with the waves, enjoy life, and eats plenty of tropical fruit. 🏄🏼‍♀️ is so underrated because there are so many other OG emojis—🏖🏝👙🌊—that allude to that beachy feeling. But, be honest with yourself. None of them convey that same carefree spirit as homegirl cresting on some gnar 🏄🏼‍♀️🏄🏼‍♀️🏄🏼‍♀️

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Lauren Layman

These responses are so 🔥 that i have to throw out the criminally underused 🧯. As in stop, this is so 🔥 that i need to intervene. For safety. 🧯 is here for us when things get too lit, too fuego, too, well, 🔥. So next time your bestie’s selfie game is just too damn good, throw her the 🧯 as the ultimate sign of respect. And safety.

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Josh Bard

I took a long hard look through the emoji keyboard, a sentence I am not proud of. Most of the emojis I use are practical, a sentence which I am also not proud of. But I found an emoji I never even knew existed before: the joker wildcard🃏. Joker wildcard says, “Sure, I’m up for a spontaneous casino run.” But it also says, “Don’t worry, it’ll work out” or “Yeah I’ll be there but I won’t tell you when,” or “Tonight I’m eating two desserts and you can’t stop me.”

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What’s your choice for the most underrated emoji? 🗣️ us on Twitter or Faceb👀k

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